Promise of the Alliance
East with West
Let's re-open all cross-border railway crossings and lines in Slovenia with our neighbours in Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy.
We need, of course, to de-carbonise transport and make certain that we are delivering on the Paris agreement – by the year 2030 as indicated by our president von der Leyen, with the de-carbonisation of 55 per cent and 90 per cent by 2050.
Herald Ruijters, Director at the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission
European Coomission proposal to reduce transport emissions
Graphical Maps of the Railway Lines in Slovenia
Current & Proposed State of the Railway Lines Network in Slovenia
Currently, Slovenia has 1,207 kilometres of all railway lines, among them 333 kilometres of double-track lines and 874 kilometres of single-track lines. Three out of nine railway border crossings with Austria, Hungary and Italy still closed. And eight railway border crossing with Croatia much less used. That is why we propose up to 1,370 km of railway lines—489 km of double-tracks with and 906 km of single-tracks—until 2030. Even more importantly. We propose planning the upgrade of all inter-regional (comprehensive) railway lines and re-forming of missing railway border crossings.
* Slide from our 2021 graphical railway network map to the right and take a closer look at our proposal for the railway infrastructure upgrade up to 2030.
Why we need Alliance?
Because we need to upgrade existing railway infrastructure in Slovenia & re-open all railway border crossings with our neighbours.
Core and inter-regional (comprehensive) railway networks are co-funded by EU cohesion funds—channeled through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF)—with up to
percent of the European Union co-investment.
SI+AT-HR-HU-IT Core & Inter-Regional Railway Corridor Proposals
Three Core & Eleven Inter-Regional
TEN-T Cross-Border Railway Corridors.
At the end of the Second World War German Army mined several critical railway lines points—railway bridge over the Mura river on the border of Slovenia and Austria among them. Additionally, authorities in former Yugoslavia disabled several railway border crossings during the Cold War, in the 1950s and 1960s. In Slovenia alone, authorities closed six out of nine railway cross-border crossings with Austria, Hungary, and Italy and dismantled many core and regional railway border tracks.
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Explore the cross-border railway corridor proposals.
Choose your most important core and inter-regional railway corridor/s.
Support your corridor by becoming member or partner of the Mobilitatis Omni institute.
Explore and choose at least one of your favourite core railway corridor/s and your favourite inter-regional railway corridor/s.
Select your favourite corridor/s
Background of the Alliance
What are the plans for the Trans-European Transport Network?
The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy is implementing a Europe-wide network of railway lines, roads, inland waterways, maritime shipping routes, ports, airports, and railroad terminals. It has the ultimate objective to close gaps, remove bottlenecks and technical barriers, as well as to strengthen social, economic, and territorial cohesion in the European Union (EU).
The objective of the TEN-T policy is improved use of infrastructure, the reduced environmental impact of transport, enhanced energy efficiency and increased safety. TEN-T is divided into two ‘layers’. The Core Network includes the most important connections, linking the most important nodes, and is to be completed by 2030. The Comprehensive Network covers all European regions and is to be completed by 2050.
In the Mobilitatis Omni institute, we have identified all cross-border railway missing links and connections in Slovenia and its all neighbouring countries – Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy. A recent report found out, cross-border missing links are “essential for the regional railway network and could have a significant European benefit, bringing border regions closer together and reducing regional disparities”.*
Additionally, as part of the Green Deal and in order to decarbonize transport, the European Commission plans to reduce transport emissions by 55 percent by 2030 and to 90 percent by 2050. In order to get there and achieve the Paris agreement standard, the EU provides funding for railway infrastructure also through EU Cohesion Policy. Co-finance rates are up to 85 percent. Funding is channeled through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF).
Lastly, not to forget, 2021 is the European Year of Rail. One more reason for your metropolitan region, city, and other municipalities to join the Central European Alliance for Sustainable Mobility.
* Donat, L. (2020). Connecting Europe with a Rail Renaissance : Eight measures to revive the European rail system, Bonn, Berlin: Germanwatch, p.36.